physical activity

Mindfulness Running

October 8, 2013

I have a hard time quieting my mind enough to  meditate. I have a million thoughts coursing through my head that seem to intensify the moment I sit down, close my eyes, and try to banish them. But as a long-time competitive runner, I often experience mental peace during a long run. It used to […]

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A Muscle Myth-Buster: Stretching and Physical Performance

April 4, 2013

Having grown up playing soccer since first grade, it was a common ritual in my life to form a circle with my teammates and follow the captain through a routine series of stretches. Counting to 20 for each stretch (in a call-and response fashion, of course) we would work our way from our necks, to our […]

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Zombie by Day, Owl by Night–Why sleeping preference may be problematic for your waistline.

February 19, 2013

Ever wonder where the terms lark and night owl came from? If you were to ask someone whether or not they would prefer to wake up at 6 AM, it’s likely they will answer with a definitive yes or no. This difference in sleep preference has to do with what scientists call our biological clock. […]

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Mushy Brains and Shorter Lives: Is TV Really That Bad for You?

October 22, 2012

The way we watch TV has changed a lot in the past several years. We once had to wait for our favorite shows to air at a certain time and day of the week, could only watch older shows in the form of re-runs, and foreign shows were out of the question unless you were […]

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Because it makes ya feel good.

September 26, 2012

I have to admit, I am one of those weirdos who openly enjoys exercising on a regular basis.  If I go a few days without hitting the track or gym I can’t help but feel a little bit off and when asked why I work out so often my reply is consistently, “because it makes […]

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Just How Active Are Active Video Game Players?

March 6, 2012

I may be a 24 year-old graduate student, but that doesn’t stop me from jumping on the active video game bandwagon from time to time.  My current favorite is Kinect’s Just Dance, which invites players to turn the living room into a dance floor and bust a move.  Interactive games such as Just Dance and […]

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Grandma Was Right: The Link Between Screen Time and Health

February 21, 2012

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t think we give Grandma enough credit.  She seems to be at least 50 years ahead of science when it comes to issues surrounding our health: vegetables and now TV?  Researchers studying kids have discovered screen time is associated with psychological difficulties.  Way to be Grandma, TV […]

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